Internet broadband is described as a connection with an access speed of over 1500. Adsl speed goes to 8000 and speeds above that are ADSL2 or ADSL2+. Telstra is committed to providing every household with ‘broadband’.
New estates such as Bellvista are usually set up by Telstra using Rims or Cmux cabinets. A local Bellvista cabinet can be seen here and they usually have the CA prefix on them. Bellvista has 4 or 5 of these cabinets around the estate. They are connected to the main exchange by fibre but usually can only provide a adsl connection (up to 8000).
However if there are too many connections to a cabinet and all using maximum bandwidth, the speed of each connection slows. This slowing usually occurs during peak times which is often after school and early evening. This is called “backhaul congestion”.
In some cases where things are so overcrowded Telstra then limits the speed to each connection from a certain cabinet to a speed of 3000. This is plenty for everyday emails and internet browsing, but gamers and downloaders crave for extra speed.
With more Bigpond services now becoming available (online movies etc), Bigpond customers will require a better internet connection speed to be able to access these services.
The recent work carried out by Telstra was to provide speeds up to 8000 where ever possible for Bellvista residents.
The photos below show where returfing has been completed outside Unity College and a sign indicating that the toilet block is completed and all that is now required is the sewerage connection.
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